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Elena Campbell appointed to federal government’s Expert Panel as part of ‘rapid review’ into prevention approaches to gendered violence

Elena Campbell, CIJ’s Associate Director of Research, Advocacy & Policy, has been appointed to the federal government's Expert Panel on domestic and family violence.

Pictured: Elena Campbell

This selection is part of the government’s rapid review of prevention approaches across all forms of violence against women and children. Elena joins the expert panel alongside Dr Anne Summers AO, author and journalist, Jess Hill, journalist, author, and educator; Dr. Zac Seidler, Global Director of Men’s Health Research at Movember and Senior Research Fellow with Orygen at the University of Melbourne; Dr. Todd Fernando, diversity and inclusion consultant; and Dr. Leigh Gassner APM, Assistant Commissioner at Victoria Police.  

Co-convening the panel is Micaela Cronin, the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Office for Women, Padma Raman PSM, and Ray Griggs AO CSC, Secretary of the Department of Social Services.  

The Panel will consult with Our Watch, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS), the National Women’s Alliances, states and territories, and other stakeholders. It will provide practical advice to the government on further action to prevent gender-based violence. The rapid review will deliver a report to the Government later this year with a strong focus on prevention, as the national death toll from violence against women continues to rise. 

Elena has decades of experience working in domestic and family violence prevention, with a focus on perpetrator accountability and young people’s experiences of violence as well as use of violence as a response to experiences of harm. At the CIJ, Elena oversees a program of research with a large focus on family violence and has led projects for Government departments and courts to support the implementation of recommendations from Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence.  

Elena spoke with RN Breakfast after her appointment to the panel was announced.  

‘This panel is about identifying the area’s most likely to get the best bang for our buck in terms of ways of intervening. That’s not necessarily doing something completely different or changing direction, it might also be doing something, putting more energy, investment and thoughtfulness and considered intent into things we are already doing’  

You can listen to the full interview here